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Thieves return hundreds of artefacts to help restore Pompeii

Pompeii, Campania, Italy.
Pompeii, Campania, Italy. Image by Paul Kelley / CC BY 2.0

Massimo Osanna, the director of Pompeii archaeological site, has revealed that hundreds of fragments of plaster, brick and stone have been posted back to the site authorities over the years by people who stole them, but later regretted their actions. In some cases these fragments have been crucial to restoration work, for example the House of the Orchard Keeper, which collapsed in the 1980s and upon restoration was found to be missing a crucial piece of painted plaster. Thankfully this piece was returned to Pompeii in March and will now be used to complete the restoration. Read more: telegraph.co.uk